In conjunction with a recent proclamation by officials from the City of Cypress, Los Alamitos will pay tribute to the richest thoroughbred in North American history on the first Saturday of the Los Angeles County Fair at Los Alamitos meet.
A video montage will be shown at Los Alamitos featuring highlights of California Chrome’s career and there will be a special presentation by Cypress city officials to members of the 5-year-old horse’s team, including trainer Art Sherman. There will not be an appearance by California Chrome, who won the Grade I, $1 million TVG Pacific Classic Aug. 20 at Del Mar in his most recent race.
Additionally, there will be a plush toy giveaway – one per paid admission to the first 2,500 on-track patrons. California Chrome, who has 10 graded stakes victories, is expected to make his next start in the Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes Oct. 1 at Santa Anita.
A California bred son of Lucky Pulpit, California Chrome has been based at Los Alamitos since early in his 3-year-old season. Bred by Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, the chestnut has won 14 of 23 and banked $13,252,650. In addition to his recent gate-to-wire domination of Beholder and Dortmund in the Pacific Classic, the 2014 Horse of the Year’s victories include the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness as well as the 2016 Dubai World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
The Los Angeles County Fair meet at Los Alamitos begins Thursday, Sept. 8 and continues through Sunday, Sept. 25.